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Bolder Boulder announces Labor Day race date after postponement over coronavirus

Organizers announced Monday the 2020 Bolder Boulder is postponed over concerns about the new coronavirus. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)
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For the first time in its history, the Bolder Boulder will wrap up the summer instead of kicking it off.

On Friday, Bolder Boulder race director Cliff Bosley announced that the 42nd annual 10K race will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Earlier this week, the Bolder Boulder, typically held on Memorial Day, announced that the May 25 race was being postponed due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

Race organizers have now settled on Labor Day, and the Bolder Boulder will be joined in Boulder by the FORTitude 10K and finish at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field.

The FORTitude, typically held on Labor Day and finishing at Colorado State’s Canvas Stadium, will return to Fort Collins in 2021.

Bosley said the Bolder Boulder is planning to return to Memorial Day in 2021.

“There continues to be increasing and substantial challenges for our communities including Boulder and Fort Collins, as well as for CSU and CU,” Bosley said in a news release. “Two great communities and two great universities are coming together, reflecting the spirit that is our culture in Colorado.

“Whether you’re running the Bolder Boulder on Labor Day or running the FORTitude on Labor Day, we’re running together. Everyone we met with to arrive at this decision recognizes that while Boulder and Fort Collins, as well as CU and CSU, compete in many areas, this is another example of coming together to collaborate.”

The combined Bolder Boulder/Fortitude 10K will conclude a big sports weekend for the state.

Just two days earlier, on Sept. 5, CU and CSU are scheduled to kick off the college football season with a game at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins. That will be the first meeting between the two in-state rivals in Fort Collins since 1996.

According to a news release, Bosley said there was great support for the plan in meetings with city and university leaders in both Boulder and Fort Collins.

“I am pleased that CU Boulder is able to collaborate with the Bolder Boulder and Colorado State University to host these two great races and continue this iconic experience,” CU chancellor Phil DiStefano said in the release.

Fort Collins city manager Darin Atteberry said, “The communities of Fort Collins and Boulder, as well as two great institutions Colorado State and the University of Colorado, continue to lead the way in addressing challenges with beneficial solutions. This is no different. We face today uncertain challenges, but by including FORTitude and Bolder Boulder together in 2020, we’re able to address the needs of the runners, the communities and the university and provide an exciting event.”

Registration will re-open for the races on March 31. Those interested in participating can register at BB10K.BolderBoulder.com or Fortitude10K.BolderBoulder.com.

Those who have already registered for the Bolder Boulder for the original May 25 date will have that registration honored for Sept. 7. Those who have registered but cannot participate on Sept. 7 may roll their registration into another year for a $20 fee. There have not been discussions about waiving that fee, but several details are being ironed out by race organizers, so it’s possible that could change.

The Bolder Boulder has been held every year since 1979, with at least 45,000 participants in each race since 2002. The FORTitude began in 2017 and will be in its fourth year; there were more than 6,000 participants last year.

“Boulder Boulder and FORTitude will have a 2020 race,” Bosley said. “Their continuing contributions to Boulder and Fort Collins and the sport of running is intact. The tens of thousands of racers, runners, joggers and walkers in Colorado know America’s best 10K races are here for them.”